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4 Stars **** Skulduggery, a different treat for lovers of historical fiction, an exciting and mysterious romp through the moors of 17th century Yorkshire, more specifically Haworth and Keighley. The story is a well-painted image of how 'copyholders' or peasants would have lived at this time but that is only the backdrop to a suspenseful whodunit with romantic tones. Modern writers usually don't know what it was like to live in the past but Rushworth-Brown has done this with great skill in this accomplished, atmospheric and thoughtful novel.
A GREAT STORY CLEVERLY WEAVING WELL RESEARCHED INFORMATION
The research for this book was thorough. The author describes the environment and conditions of Yorkshire in the 16th Century, building these facts into fictional circumstances and families living in the times. I found it fascinating that this book came as a result of a search for family history. Very cleverly done and a must-read for those interested in the period and a good read. Looking forward to the next book!
Nominated for NSW Premier Literature Award
The bloody hell of war and the saga of family tribulations drive this period drama with exceptional narrative and factual accuracy of the talented author who penned SKULDUGGERY and is becoming one of Australia’s established new authors.
“A dark and dramatic prose of family and war that brings the realism of history to your imagination with little effort…a great read…”